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NAS 106

Using NAS with Microsoft Windows

Learn how to set up a network drive and access your NAS using Microsoft Windows.

2017-09-27

COURSE OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Access the files on your NAS using Microsoft Windows
2. Set up a network drive

PREREQUISITES
Course Prerequisites:
None
Students are expected to have a working knowledge of:
Microsoft Windows

OUTLINE
1. Configuring your NAS
1.1 Enabling Windows File Service (CIFS/SAMBA)
1.2 Creating a Shared Folder and Setting up Access Rights
2. Configuring Windows
2.1 Setting up your Shared Folder as a Network Drive




1. Configuring your NAS

1.1 Enabling Windows File Service (CIFS/SAMBA)


STEP 1
  • Log into ADM using your Web browser.
  • Select [Services] > [Windows].
  • Select the [Enable Windows file service (CIFS/SAMBA)] checkbox and click [Apply].



STEP 2
  • Select [Access Control]→[Shared Folders].

  • Click on [Add].



1.2 Creating a Shared Folder and Setting up Access Rights


STEP 1

You are now ready to create a new shared folder on your NAS. Enter a name for the new folder and click [Next] once you are done. (In the example below, we have entered “MyNAS” as the name of our new folder).



STEP 2

Set access rights for the folder by selecting the radio button corresponding to the access rights of your choice. (In the example below, the access rights that have been selected allow “Read Only” rights for all users and “Read & Write” rights for administrators). Once you’re done, click [Next].



STEP 3

Review a final summary of your settings. Once you’re done, confirm these settings by clicking [Finish].




2. Configuring Windows

2.1 Setting up your Shared Folder as a Network Drive


STEP 1
(We will be using a computer running Windows 7 as an example)

In Windows, click [Start], and then click inside the [Search programs and files] box.



STEP 2

Enter two backslashes followed by your NAS’s IP address into the [Search programs and files] box and press [Enter]. (In the example below, we have entered 172.16.4.101 as our NAS’s IP address).



STEP 3

Windows will now connect to your NAS via CIFS/SAMBA (we have enabled Windows file service in the first section). You will then be able to see the shared folder that you have previously created on your NAS (“MyNAS” in the example below).




STEP 4

Right-click on your shared folder (“MyNAS” in the example below) and select [Map network drive…].



STEP 5

Specify the drive letter that you wish to use for the network drive and select the [Reconnect at logon] and [Connect using different credentials] checkboxes. Once you’re done, click [Finish].



STEP 6

Enter your NAS username and password into the dialog box that appears and select the [Remember my credentials] checkbox. Once you’re done, click [Finish].



STEP 7

When you click on [Computer] in Windows, you will see that your shared folder (“MyNAS” in our example) has become a network drive on your computer. You can now drag and drop files to this network drive and they will be automatically transferred to the shared folder on your NAS.



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